Organizers with the Newton/McDonald County Relay For Life are putting the final touches on this year's relay which will be held from 5 to 11 p.m. Friday, June 8, at the Neosho High School practice field near the stadium.

Organizers with the Newton/McDonald County Relay For Life are putting the final touches on this year's relay which will be held from 5 to 11 p.m. Friday, June 8, at the Neosho High School practice field near the stadium.
This year, the relay will have some new aspects.
"All events will take place on the practice field and the two parking lots east of the field – trying to find a way to keep everyone at the event in a closer area so no one misses what is going on at the event," said Donna Hood, a member of the executive committee. "We also hope this will encourage more of the public to attend the event and be able to see all that is going on.
The other aspect is that it will last until 11 p.m. Friday, as opposed to lasting all night like in the past.
"Relay For Life is the signature fundraiser for the American Cancer Society," said Hood. "Relay is staffed and coordinated by volunteers in thousands of communities and 27 countries. Volunteers give of their time and effort because they believe it's time to take action against cancer. For us  here at Neosho it is a time for the community to come together to raise funds for Research, Education, Advocacy and Service. Those involved in Relay For Life want to find a Cure for Cancer so we can Relay for Celebration that we have a cure for cancer."
Schedule
5 p.m. Tent city opens, along with bounce houses, food and the Route 66 Cloggers perform.
5:30 p.m. Little Mister & Miss Relay participants are announced
6 p.m. Opening ceremonies
6:30 p.m Little Mister & Miss Relay winners announced
7 p.m. Lip sync contest
7:30 p.m. Survivor ceremony
8 p.m. Selfie scavenger hunt begins
9 p.m. luminary ceremony
10 p.m. fireworks, games begin, silent auction closes
11 p.m. Closing ceremony
"Laurie Delano, daughter of Helen Hildebrand, will be the guest speaker during the luminary ceremony," said Hood. "Helen was active in the ACS Relay Event for several years – Helen passed away Jan. 2, 2018. Helen’s Family will carry the torch to start the luminary ceremony."
Luminary bags can be purchased for $ (traditional white bags), purple bag is $10 and gold bags for $15.
"Luminary Ceremony – my favorite part of the event –  I enjoy seeing the luminary bags that individuals decorate to honor their loved ones," said Hood. "Several put photos on the bags, write messages on then, decorate with colors and glitter. Also, the bags with only the name of their loved ones is special."
For the last few months, the Relay For Life teams have been raising money for this event.
"We have 17 teams this year and our goal is to raise $50,000," she said. "We are over half way to our goal at this time."